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tv   News 4 This Week  NBC  April 10, 2010 5:30am-6:00am EDT

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welcome to "news 4 this week." >> hello, we are going to look today into some interesting local stories making news this week. among them just how safe our plastics, the new and troubling warnings about containers and what you need to know before you heat up your next meals. beating the odds. meet a remarkable young man who survived a serious medical problem. can this electric hatchback convert a hard core muscle car enthusiast. first, some news for your health on how to start your day right. it's not news that breakfast is
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the most important meal of the day. if you're eating the wrong foods you could be setting yourself up for dieting pitfalls. here's some advice on finding the best breakfast. >> reporter: howard university registered diet gs, says it is more than switching to whole wheat toast. >> if you have a particular disease not just for well being, die. >> reporter: diabetics need to eat the right amount. >> carb high drats are proportioned. >> reporter: grape s fruit, bran cereal and whole wheat toast. if you have high cholesterol? you don't have to eat oatmeal
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every day. >> this is made from egg whites and getting benefits of eating eggs but not having the cholesterol and the fat. >> reporter: in this meal, orange juice with pulp and egg substitute and whole wheat toast and milk. if you're trying to drop extra pounds, keep it low calorie but high in fiber. bran cereals and skim milk and an orange. 13 grams of fiber in that meal. if you just worked out you might be tempted to go for the low calorie meal but you have to get extra protein. >> you're using up your energy supply. you want to replenish it as soon as possible and want to replenish it with the right type of food. >> to get 18 grams of protein, low fat cottage cheese and fruit and mini whole wheat bagel with cream cheese. >> then you don't have to go trying as hard. nutritionists say skipping
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breakfast is always a bad idea. it will slow down your m metabolism for the rest of the day. mixed martial arts has become wildly popular. it can really be a great workout, but the fights can be extremely violence. craig melvin met a local man who knows first hand about the risk in the ring. >> reporter: leaf vi was 2-0 but then he went down fast and hard. >> i just get hammered the one time. then the second hit knocked me out. >> reporter: the fight did not stop. >> after that you can count, 13 times i get hit. 13 times unconscious, my nose was shattered. i have metal plates in here and another metal plate here. i have three plates in my mouth. >> reporter: sauder spent five days in the hospital and racked up a $45,000 medical bill. his doctors were clear.
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>> they don't want me to fight, period. >> reporter: levi is a mix eed martial artist. it has gone from guy who's have seen fight club too many times to complete with packed arenas and paid per view events. this event was sold out in january. running l.a. boxing in woodbridge where want to be fighters train. it's not just young man looking for thrills any more, but there is still a lot of of that. >> guys come in the street with t-shirts on, i can do that, they last maybe five or ten minutes, then we never see them again. >> despite knockouts and the occasional broken bone, fighters
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say this is actually fairly safe. doctors, they say otherwise. >> it's a very dangerous sport. and i think to call it a sport is loosely. the incidents of neck injuries, being a frontal assault here or spinal assault there, in the incident of permanent joint injury is much more. >> reporter: the major problem is how many fights are won. some are punished into submission and tap out and others are rendered unconscious so the ref stops it. she'd love to see more regulation and oversight. >> mixed martial arts is a young sport and for the young. which means that after 20, 25 years old, you're going of to to do something else. >> reporter: levi sauder is 26
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and getting ready for the championships in california. >> it's a dangerous sport, but so is rock climbing. when it's in your blood, it's in your blood. >> reporter: craig melvin, news 4 washington. that's rough. well now we meet a young man who's a rising star on his school's wrestling team despite incredible challenges. he lost his arms and legs to a bacterial infection when he was a baby. this 11-year-old is an inspiration to athletes all over. dayton weber. >> reporter: spend some time with dayton, it will want to make you smile too. this is how he starts every day, then on with the prosthetic legs and off to school. it is what dayton does outside of school that makes him unique. dayton doesn't just wrestle, he wins. he's been doing this for about
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five years now. winning more than losing and inspiring onlookers ever time he takes to the mat. it's not all about winning but he loves proving people wrong, especially opponents he thinks are underestimating them. and dayton says he can sniff it out in a second. bay the way they shake his arm. >> some grab me up here and some grab me here on the end. so -- >> reporter: if they grab you higher they underestimate you? >> if they grab me higher they are underestimating me. >> reporter: why do you think that? >> because they don't want to grab the end of my arm. they think this is more normal than the end. >> reporter: pretty per accept tif for a sixth grader, justin is only ten pounds lighter so it
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is usually evenly match. but pound per pound dayton is the strongest weber in the house. he talk the his parents into letting him play football. >> i'm not worrying, he's fine out there. he's tough as nails. look at him. >> if i don't make it into wrestling, i want do make it into football. that's my second favorite sport. >> reporter: what's your best part of football, they call you the vacuum. >> reporter: from getting seven fumble recoveries in a season in 5-1 game. >> reporter: dayton has a nose for the ball and he's tough but he's a kid which means meanty of play station, when he first watched dayton use the controller, he was amazed he could actually play the game. all by using little muscles in his arms. yeah, dayton wins as these games
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too. we have wrestling, football and playstation. pretty impressive but it's just the beginning, he is a jack of all trades and master of many. >> guns, cross bows and riding a dirt bike. he's actually raced and did really well at that and got third place and it was four people so he did real good with that. he fell a bunch but he did good. it was his first time. >> how does he race? >> just like that. he centers himself on that, feet can't touch the foot pegs and puts on there. >> reporter: his little brother rarely gets down and can figure out how to do almost anything. his mother believes it is a part of who dayton is. >> he just is. he definitely is. he has a purpose for being here
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and he's a survivor and in it to win it. >> reporter: don't talk about beating the odds with dayton weber, because he already has. still to come on news 4 this week, the winter olympics inspired people to try a little snowboarding, we'll hit the slopes to see if there's an easy way to learn the tricky moves and wendy has a growing green challenge for muscle subway now has
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like the subway western egg white muffin melt. build your better breakfast at subway. electric cars aren't known for appealing to drivers who have a need for speed. but general motors says the chevy volt isn't only eco-friendly but fun to drive.
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wendy reeger took jim vance out for a test drive. >> reporter: can a drive who drives one of these and one of these, can that guy be happy in one of these? >> i'm a muscle car guy. i've been all of my life, i'm interested in what you got 0 to 60. >> reporter: the volt is gm's all electric car. 40 miles on a charge but it's a sedan designed for the american family, not a lot of muscle there. >> i expected to come and get into my grandmother's buggy, no power. i expected no minimal control. >> reporter: but the reps at gm like to tell you the chevy volt will burn rubber, not petroleum. hit it, vance. >> you know what, it's not bad. this is cool. you know what, i am truly literally surprised. and i mean that. >> reporter: vance took it around a driving course putting it through the paces and --
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>> i love this car. i'm not kidding. because i expected, why did you get me into this little piece of -- >> i'm impressed. >> volt has an effect on people and i saw the volt smile when he exited the car. >> reporter: the volt is gm's offering as it struggles to shift gears and gain traction in the new eco age of lithium batteries which allow cars to run 40 to 1000 miles on a charge. you plug it in at night like a blackberry. the real question, are they fun to drive and can they bring it? >> they have instant takenous torque. >> no exhaust fumes, planet friendly. >> this kind of thing only makes
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sense. >> reporter: vance's only complaint, it's too quiet. >> i like something coming out of the exhaust. >> reporter: there was plenty of oomph when he hit the pedal. >> i would keep my vet, put it that way, but for monday to friday, this would be my ride and i'll ride in it with pride. the volt comes out later this year with government green car rebate, it will run you $30,000. nissan and toyota are coming out with plug-ins later this year. what you need to know about the plastics you're using. ♪
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some food manufacturers are quietly scrambling to change packaging to prevent a toxic
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chemical from leeching into the food. it's called bpa and could be linked to major health problems according to a new warning for federal health authorities. here's more. >> we literally emptied all of our kitchen cabinets of the various plastic products we had. >> reporter: like most parents, maury doesn't want to take any chances with the health of her children. the mother of two scoured her kitchen cupboards to get rid of containers that might contain bfa. >> i find it disturbing that the chemicals are leeching into our food. >> reporter: it might be too little too late. jane hul han says it was approved by the food and drug administration 50 years ago and been in our food supply ever since. it wasn't until last month the agency acknowledged that the chemical could be poisonous. >> it's been in the last ten years we've seen an explosion of
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studies showing bpa is very toxic at low doses. >> reporter: studies show it is already in most of us. they found the chemical present in 93% of the americans they tested. last year the d.c. based environmental working group tested the cord blood of newborn babies and bpa was present in nine of them. >> it enters children even before the moment of birth. >> reporter: there have been more than 600 studies documenting the effects on laboratory animals, newer research on humans is finding evidence the chemical can make people sick. >> bpa at high earl levels shows higher risk for diabetes, recurrent miscarriages, wide range of health risks.
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>> the problem is bpa mimics estrogen. those extra hormones can affect a child's development. despite all of the evidence, manufacturers are still struggling to get it out of our food supply. that's because bpa hides in many places. it's not just found in hard plastics, it's also in the liners of food cans and even on paper receipts. maury is trying to avoid canned foods whenever possible and all of her containers are bpa free but she worries it is too late. >> i'm angry because i feel like as soon as they found this out they should have done something to stop it and even though they are doing things now, it's still taking a long time. they need to just do it and make things safer. >> reporter: doreen, news 4. they are working on new types of packaging that don't contain bpa, finding an
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inexpensive solution is tough. even plastics that don't have bpa can become hazardous if you're sticking them in your microwave. how can you tell whether it's safe to warm up certain food in certain containers, liz crenshaw has more on what kind of packaging can stand up to the heat. >> reporter: diane showed us the dos and don't when it comes to heating food in plastic bags and containers. >> plastics have different intended uses. different plastic containers are made to withstand various temperatures. >> what happens if i use the low temperature plastic in the microwave, what can go wrong? >> if it can't withstand high temperatures, it could possibly melt or change form when you're cooking in it. that may leech plastic into the food that you're cooking. >> reporter: check the labeling on the package, if it's made to
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be heated it will be clearly marked and refer to the microwave. if it's not labeled, don't heat it up. extreme heat could cause plastic to melt. here one example, we heated chilly in a used plastic container. >> it changed shape. that could be an indication that it is melting. >> reporter: what about plastic wrap, is it okay to use in the microwave? again, read the box. it says the plastic should be one inch away from the food and vented so excess steam escapes, otherwise the hot plastic will stick to the food. watch out for plastic containers you buy. >> this container was not supposed to be in the microwave. >> there, see, it has changed texture. >> reporter: remember our ham we reheated in a zipper bag. >> see how it's changed shape
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and the liquid is coming out. do not eat this ham. >> reporter: liz crenshaw, news 4. you can find more information about plastics from the fda at our website, go to nbcwashington.com and simply search plastics. up next, find out if snowboarding is really as tough as it looks. larry, we just had the carpets cleaned. that was the pizza guy! and baby, he was messy. come on. you said you bought a digiorno. but the pizza came with cheesy breadsticks. breadsticks? i guess there was a pizza guy. yes there was... me. ( laughs ) new digiorno pizza & breadsticks. unbelievable fresh-baked taste, now with a full order of soft, cheesy breadsticks. taste. believe. it's not delivery. it's digiorno pizza & breadsticks. she found the box. maybe because you left it right on the counter. ♪ [ sniffs ] morning. you got in pretty late last night. dad, i'm not sixteen anymore.
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still, it was late. well... you're not gonna have to worry about that anymore. yeah, why's that? ♪ todd's a lucky man. ♪ the best part of wakin' up... ♪ that's what i told him when we talked last week. ♪ ...is folgers in your cup
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if you've ever wondered how olympic snowboarders do what they do so well, here's your chance to find out. hitting the slopes at white tail. >> reporter: it's a sport that takes skill and a little something else. it's got more style to it than skiing. i like to go as fast as i can and do that with style. >> like hard and then like this. >> reporter: olympic champion
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shaun white put a stamp on that style flying to several gold medal wins back in 2006. instructors here at white tail say snowboarding gained so much popularity, they had to expand the terrain park, rail slides and plenty of jumps to get big air. >> kids are up there hitting it every day. they all really love it. i'm telling you, i see them up there every weekend, i think we'll have olympians from here. they are really good. >> reporter: i decided to give this whole snowboarding thing a try. first step, strap in. >> i like is. >> reporter: then after a small hike, it's time to learn how to turn. >> for a few feet then go into a heel slide turn. remember to slow down. >> reporter: i didn't quite make it to the shed, falling, however, i've got that move
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down. and that's all for news 4 this week, ( music, toasters popping )
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